Firm Profile > McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP > Munich, Germany

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP
80355 MUNICH

Real estate Tier 1

In the real estate arena, McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is clearly considered a powerhouse which also reflects in the group's involvement in numerous high-profile real estate transactions. Visible across the country, the team around highly regarded practice head Jens Ortmanns predominantly advises foreign investors on complex portfolio transactions, high-volume project developments as well as forward and unit deals and is particularly active in the asset categories commercial, hotel as well as office. Most recently, the group increasingly assisted with cross-border real estate acquisitions and sales in the US, UK as well as Switzerland and Italy. Ulrich Flege focuses on advising institutional investors, project developers, developers and private clients on real estate and transactional matters particularly in relation to warehouses and the logistics sector, while  Thomas Beisken as well as newly promoted partner Maximilian Clostermeyer are increasingly active in forward deals for project developments. Jessica Hanke also made partner and assists with real estate transactions alongside commercial tenancy law.

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' We are only just getting to know MWE, but we have a very good first impression. The firm has the specialists required for our needs and a good way of working with the client. This also means that the lawyers who support us think outside the box and address topics proactively. We look forward to further common topics. '

' We have been in contact with Frank Müller and Maximilian Clostermeyer so far and both of them can convince us, both in terms of content and the way they are supported. We can particularly emphasize that there is a high level of ownership by proactively addressing topics. This is refreshing in view of the fact that from many law firms one is used to the fact that mostly a task is simply processed. '

' Great team, acts very quickly with good, concise explanations, reports and recommendations. '

' Frank Mueller. Very competent, helpful and with experience. You feel in good hands with him. '

Key clients


Commodus Real Estate Capital


Eastdil Secured

FIEGE Logistik Holding Stiftung & Co. KG

Fond of new Campus

Fortuna Düsseldorf

Freitstaat Thüringen

GEG German Estate Group

Goodman Group / Goodman Germany GmbH

Hema BV, Amsterdam (Hema Kaufhäuser)

Kraftverkehr Nagel SE & Co. KG

Quantum Immobilien Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH



Swiss Life

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

At McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP, the signs continued to point to growth with the arrival of counsel Deniz Tschammler in November 2019, formerly senior associate at Hengeler Mueller and specialised in pharma and medical device law. The growth of its team over the past three years has made the firm one of the best contacts in Germany for both cooperation and licensing issues, including matters pertaining to transactions, as well as for regulatory mandates. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies alongside medical device manufacturers frequently rely on the expertise of practice head Stephan Rau and his team. The robust German and European practice, benefiting from links to the teams in London and Paris, is complemented by a solid transactional practice.

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All contact persons can be reached quickly and easily and without exception have a high level of expertise.

The entire Deniz Tschammler team has so far provided us with excellent and holistic support.

Deniz Tschammler is an excellent lawyer who has excellent industry knowledge in the health and medical device sectors. He has always found good and pragmatic solutions to complex problems. In my professional career I have worked with various lawyers in the health sector, but I can only say that Mr Tschammler sets himself apart from his colleagues in a very positive way. This quality is very difficult to find on the market.

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Ajax Health

Apax Capital Partners LLP

Arabella-Klinik GmbH

AUCTUS Capital Partners AG

Curadis GmbH

DCprime bv

Dialyse Service GmbH

EQT / Curaeos

Five Arrows

GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co. KG

Healthcare at Home

Hexpress Healthcare

Hookipa Biotech

HOOKIPA Pharma Inc.

IdeaMed GmbH

Immunic AG

Impulse Dynamics Germany GmbH

Labor Berlin — Charité Vivantes Services GmbH und Labor Berlin-Charité Vivantes GmbH

Lungpacer Medical, Inc.

Medicover S.A.

Merck KGaA

Miltenyi Biomedicine GmbH



Tesaro, Inc.

ViiV Healthcare GmbH

Zahneins GmbH

Commercial administrative law Tier 3

Led by Alexa NingelgenMcDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's commercial administrative law group demonstrates strength in advising on administrative proceedings including administrative litigation. In detail, the practice's focus encompasses state liability law, contribution law, gambling law and trade law. The practice further possesses expertise in the transport sector and with regards to law concerning foreigners. In Covid-19-related matters, the team advised clients nationwide and across sectors on complex administrative and constitutional issues such as the enforcement of damages claims due to lockdowns. Counsel Antje Weiss continues to be a key figure.

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' Reliable, precise, committed. '

' Everyone who has worked with and for us was unbeatable, both professionally and personally. '

' In particular, Dr. Ningelgen is to be emphasized because it can be reached 24 hours and has informed about the status of the proceedings at any time. In addition, complex relationships were not only recognized, there was also comprehensive support in other areas. '

Key clients

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

SportScheck GmbH

KaDeWe Group GmbH

Rushy Marsh Farm LLC

McCourt Global LLC

Löwen Entertainment GmbH

Praxair Surface Technologies GmbH

Entertainment Tier 3

The compact media team at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP also takes on big and challenging tasks. The experienced lawyers around Wolfgang von Frentz and Ralf Weisser act in ambitious proceedings, particularly with regards to internet ad blocks, transmission and tariff rights as well as copyright, thereby attracting German as well as international market leaders from the media industry as clients. Von Frentz also advises on matters touching on IT law as well as on transactions and Weisser focuses on regulatory issues in the TMT sector.

Key clients


Global Icons LLC – Brand Licensing Agency

IP Deutschland/ RTL Interactive

RTL Television

VG Media

VAUNET | Verband Privater Medien e.V.

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG

Sport1 Medien AG

Telecoms Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is noted for its versatile specialists, who, in addition to proven expertise in the development of new business models and knowledge of telecommunications law, also have experience in media, IT and data protection law. Contractual matters and regulatory issues continue to form the core of the practice, while it has also been increasingly active in the transactional space. Ralf Weisser (contract negotiations, regulatory matters and disputes) and Wolfgang von Frentz (judicial enforcement of claims and transactional support) jointly head the team.

Key clients

Borgers SE & Co. KGaA

Deutsche Telekom AG


HD.Hosipitality GmbH (Digital-Tochterunternehmen der Metro-Gruppe)

Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG

IP Deutschland/ RTL Interactive

ProSiebenSat1 Media SE

RTL Television

VAUNET | Verband Privater Medien e.V.

Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG


Patent litigation Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's portfolio predominantly entails matters in the automotive, electronics, chemistry and health care sectors, while the advice spectrum includes both proceedings in Germany as well as cross-border disputes. Hereby, the team around practice heads Boris Uphoff in Munich, who is also well versed in alternative dispute resolution, and Henrik Holzapfel in Düsseldorf can also rely on the firm's strong international teams. The practice's second focus lies on IP portfolio development.

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' Fast, competent and reliable colleagues. '

' At Boris Uphoff, both the legal assessment and processing as well as the joint handling of mandates are exemplary. He and his team are excellently qualified in the field mentioned and, in my opinion, can be recommended for any kind of cooperation. '

Key clients

Harman International

Samsung Display

Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.


Scolmore International Ltd

Kanzler Verfahrenstechnik Ges. GmbH

Huvepharma EOOD

PAUL HARTMANN und Tochter BODE Chemie

Restructuring Tier 4

The 'strong restructuring practice' at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP advises on all matters regarding restructuring and insolvency. The team often handles complex national and international distressed M&A transactions, including the advice on debt and insolvency asset transactions. Investors and insolvency administrators are both advised on acquisitions and sales of insolvent companies. Other key elements are the avoidance or preparation of insolvency plan proceedings, insolvency protection proceedings and self-administrations - such as the one for Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH - as well as financial restructurings. Additionally, the firm has further expanded its insolvency litigation practice, defending managers and executive bodies against liability claims. Practice head and 'very skilled negotiator'  Uwe Goetker advises investors and sellers on transactions, represents shareholders and creditors, safeguards their interests and advises executive boards and companies on judicial and extrajudicial restructurings, including self-administrations and insolvency plan proceedings. Co-practice head Matthias Kampshoff has particular expertise in the retail, automotive, media and IT sectors. At the beginning of 2020, Marc Oberhardt was promoted to partner.

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‘Strong restructuring practice. Excellent understanding of economic relationships. Extremely solution-oriented way of working.’

‘Uwe Goetker: Very skilled negotiator. Maintains an overview/perspective in complex situations. Very broad restructuring experience. Extremely solution-oriented way of working.’

‘I’ve been working with Uwe Goetker for many years. You can rely on your work. Uwe Goetker is precise, a team player and able to deliver work results on time. I’ve also known Matthias Kampshoff for several years. He is able to track down new business and then carefully process it.’

‘Good and understandable presentation of complex legal problems also understandable for non-lawyers. Strong understanding of the operational business. Fast response times.’

‘Very quick response time. Good legal advice with an economic background and a sense for operational business.’

‘In my opinion, the team around Uwe Goetker and Matthias Kampshoff has gained some ground in recent years. Matthias Kampshoff in particular has further increased his visibility in the market, especially of course by advising Karstadt, among others.’

Key clients

SIGNA Prime Selection AG / SIGNA Retail GmbH

Borgers SE & Co. KGaA

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH

Nikolaos Antoniadis (liquidator)

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 5

The team at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP stands out due to experience in arbitration proceedings related to international investment protection treaties. Headed by Arne Fuchs, the team is also active as both arbitrator and party representative in national and international trade disputes. Boris Uphoff is experienced in violations of patent, trade mark and competition law and co-heads the practice with Thomas Hauss and Fuchs.

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Key clients

Osteuropäischer Staat

Vorsitzender des Schiedsgerichts in einem ICC-Schiedsverfahren

Internationaler Anbieter von Gesundheits- und Diagnostikdienstleistungen

Kroatisches Landwirtschaftsunternehmen

Globales Softwareentwicklungsunternehmen

Federal Republic of Germany

Einzelschiedsrichter in einem DIS-Schiedsverfahren

Corporate Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP advises family companies, medium-sized companies, listed companies as well as international companies. The team places strong emphasis on the corporate aspects of M&A transactions, but also assists with conversions and the formation of joint ventures. Its main industry know-how is in the real estate, retail, healthcare, media, automotive and food sectors. Jens Ortmanns heads the practice from the Düsseldorf office.

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The M&A team with tax advisors and lawyers enjoys our trust after several transactions. Especially when it comes to cross-border transactions, the McDermott team is the first division.

Christian Sydow, a partner at McDermott, is diplomatic and assertive in M&A negotiations, including with public companies.

Central skills: sound understanding of the law; partners are always deeply involved. Solution-oriented advice with a focus on the issue of the client. Team strength: minimum staff, which ensures the availability of the client and the processing of the case.

Competent assessment of the negotiation options, assertive where necessary. Solution-oriented and strategic coordination with the client; good listening and understanding from the parties involved.

Friendly, professional, competent, easy to reach, problem-solving, international.

Key clients

Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. China.

Anker Holding GmbH (ein Portfoliounternehmen von Halder)

Datalogic S.p.A

Dialyse Service GmbH

Fiducia & GAD IT AG

Gimv NV

KPM Analytics

Massenbach Retail Consulting GmbH

MBB-Gruppe (MBB SE, Aumann AG und Delignit AG)

Penta Investments Limited

Ratiodata GmbH

SIGNA Holding

Sport 1 Medien AG

TechniSat Digital GmbH

Information technology and digitalisation Tier 5

Focused on traditional IT but also on the challenges of the digitalisation, McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP represents large German and international companies. These benefit from the firm's interdisciplinary approach which offers bespoke and integrated competencies in IT, media and telecoms law. Ralf Weisser's expertise includes contractural and regulatory issues related to internet of things and industry 4.0 among other matters. And Wolfgang von Frentz represents clients in disputes and advises on transactions in the TMT sphere.


'Small, very responsive and readily available team.'

'' Very good knowledge of the market, dissemination topics, television broadcasting. '

' Wolfgang v. Frentz, Christian Masch: strategically very well versed (procedurally and economically in the interests of the client). '

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

HD.Hosipitality GmbH (Digital-Tochterunternehmen der Metro-Gruppe)

Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG

IP Deutschland/ RTL Interactive

ProSiebenSat1 Media SE

RTL Television

VAUNET | Verband Privater Medien e.V.

VG Media

ZWILLING JA Henckels AG (Mandat vertraulich)

Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG (Mandat vertraulich

Tax Tier 5

The team at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is led by Dirk Pohl, who advises clients on international tax and group tax law and provides assistance with criminal tax proceedings and compliance matters.

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' We have been working with McDermott for more than 20 years, although we have also engaged other well-known law firms at times, we have stayed with McDermott. The tax team is just big enough that I can be sure that I know who is working on our case. The quality of the advice is consistently excellent. '

' Global network and very deep and broad expertise. Full service. '

Transactions Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is primarily instructed by clients from the real estate and health care industries seeking advice on mid-cap transactions, whereas Nikolaus von Jacobs' team  recently expanded its sector focus. Michael Cziesla specialises in regulated industries, Stephan Rau is well versed in private equity matters in the life sciences industry and Norman Wasse is another key contact.

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'' Cooperative, practical, solution-oriented. '

' Tobias Koppmann & Norman Wasse: Both colleagues are very pleasant to work with, solution-oriented and willing to compromise where it makes sense. Personal interaction is also always professional, but also collegial and always constructive . '

'' Central skills: in-depth understanding of private equity; Partners are always deeply involved; Solution-oriented advice with a focus on the issue of the client; Team strength: minimum staff, which ensures the availability of the client and the processing of the case. '

'' Specific and in-depth knowledge in certain industries, especially healthcare and energy. '

' Stephan Rau has deep and profound regulatory and economic knowledge in the healthcare sector. Coupled with many years of M&A experience, this makes him an indispensable companion in healthcare transactions. '

Key clients

Ajax Health

AUCTUS Capital Partners AG

CWS-boco International GmbH

EMH Partners

Gimv NV

Global Growth Capital

Halder VI GmbH & Co. KG

Investcorp Technology Partners

Mitglieder des Managements der Saal Digital Gruppe

Penta Investments Limited

Union Park Capital

Rubicon Partners / ABL Gruppe

Silver Investment Partners


Süd Beteiligungen GmbH

VR Equitypartner GmbH

Employment Tier 6

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP strengthened its employment law team at the Frankfurt and Munich offices with the arrivals of Christian Rolf from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Philipp Schäuble, previously counsel at Pusch Wahlig Worklplace Law, in autumn 2019. Both handle the full range of individual and collective employment law with particular emphasis on the latter. Based on this, practice head Volker Teigelkötter assists his clients with restructurings and reorganisations as well as with negotiations and disputes with works councils and trade unions. Matters pertaining to employee leasing, data protection and remuneration systems are also part of its workload.

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' Very experienced, well-coordinated team. Very short response times, absolutely professional and pleasant cooperation. '

'' Technical expertise – customer orientation – professionalism. '

' Always very solution-oriented. Legal advice close to the case and not just based on theory. Technically outstanding. Very good at negotiating. '

'' A high level of commitment, trustworthiness, broad specialist knowledge, each with very deep specialist knowledge, can also convey complex issues in a clearly understandable manner. '

'' Excellent advice in the field of German labor and works constitution law. Pragmatic approach, always solution-oriented and not looking for security-oriented advice from the law firm as compared to other law firms. McDermott finds solutions quickly. '

' Christian Rolf is a top lawyer in the field of German labor and works constitution law. He advises on the basis of the current (higher) court rulings, which he always has at hand when advising and has the extraordinary ability to think and advise entrepreneurially and strategically outside the field of law. He always finds the balance between consensus-based solutions and court decisions. Especially when dealing with (European) works councils and trade unions, he has an extraordinary feeling for strategy and conflict resolution. Mr. Rolf finds quick (international) solutions for extreme situations. Its fast response time to inquiries and emails should also be emphasized. '

' Christian Rolf is a very good negotiator in both individual and collective law matters. He is technically outstanding, but can also put this knowledge into practice very well for the benefit of the clients. '

' Philipp Schäuble: Above-average in-depth and extensive technical expertise (even on peripheral topics such as company pension schemes / regulatory issues); excellent customer orientation and a solution and practice-oriented approach; very professional and at the same time humane and trust-building appearance; able to establish and advise on a trusting relationship with all levels of an organization – from management to the works council. '

' Volker Teigelkötter: High level of commitment, trustworthiness, broad expertise with very in-depth specialist knowledge, can also convey complex issues in a clearly understandable manner, quick to very fast response time, comprehensive view of the respective facts. '

Key clients

1&1 Versatel-Gruppe

ALMATEC Maschinenbau GmbH

Arval Deutschland GmbH


Bauerfeind AG

BayernLB (Gesamtpersonalrat)


DESTACO Deutschland

Die TUM Campus Heilbronn gGmbH

DMG MORI – Gruppe

dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG


Halfen GmbH

International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen

KIA Motors Deutschland GmbH

Leybold GmbH

Mars Deutschland/Wrigley


MIPS Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe GmbH

Praxair Surface Technology Inc.

Robert Half Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Salzgitter Mannesmann Handel GmbH

Savills Immobilien Beratungs-GmbH

trivago N.V.

Union Investment

United Internet-Gruppe

VR-Leasing Gruppe (Eschborn)

Wüsthof GmbH


Yazaki Europe Limited

The firm: McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. Our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and more than 20 locations to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,200+ lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

Areas of practice: The firm’s Munich office exemplifies the firm’s commitment to serve clients in Germany, Europe and beyond. Through an integrated practice, the lawyers in Munich provide legal counselling to multinational enterprises and foreign clients with interests in Germany and in Europe, as well as to Germany’s public and private enterprises, including its Mittelstand. The team collaborates with McDermott’s other offices and works alongside closely associated international law firms to offer pragmatic and creative solutions to all clients’ legal issues.

The Munich lawyers have extensive experience handling complex and sophisticated international transactions and matters, and advise on the many issues that arise in connection with the clients’ day-to-day operations. McDermott’s team in Munich advises clients across a broad array of legal issues. The lawyers consult on corporate law and compliance matters, complex national and international transactions, public takeovers of listed companies, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, management buyouts (MBOs and LBOs), venture capital, M&A, initial public offerings, refinancing, recapitalisation and restructuring. The Munich team provides comprehensive advice in the healthcare, medical, hospital and pharmaceutical sectors, advising on corporate, regulatory and competition law, and has managed numerous investment projects in the outpatient and inpatient healthcare sector. The lawyers advise on telecommunication, media and technology (TMT) and intellectual property matters in European, and German trade mark law, unfair competition, copyright law, patent, utility and design models, and represent clients on a regular basis in disputes regarding trade marks and domains. The firm’s tax advisors work across disciplines and can ensure legal tax advice independent of auditing services, which is mandatory not only in the US (Sarbanes-Oxley Act), but also for listed companies in Germany (Accounting Control Act – Bilanzrechtskontrollgesetz) and other European countries.

The team and individual lawyers are recognised for the quality, consistency and creativity of their legal counsel. As part of a global, full-service law firm, the lawyers of the Munich office are prepared to help clients wherever their business interests take them.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Christian von Sydow
Corporate Dr Carsten Böhm
Corporate Dr Nikolaus von Jacobs
Health Dr Stephan Rau
Intellectual property Dr Boris Uphoff
Intellectual property Dr Wolfgang von Frentz
Intellectual property Dr Ralf Weisser
Intellectual property Dr Christian Masch
Media, entertainment and press Dr Ralf Weisser
Media, entertainment and press Dr Wolfgang von Frentz
Media, entertainment and press Dr Christian Masch
Media, entertainment and press Dr Claus Färber
Labor and employment Dr Volker Teigelkötter
Information technology Dr Wolfgang von Frentz
Information technology Dr Ralf Weisser
Information technology Dr Christian Masch
Information technology Dr Claus Färber
Private equity Dr Nikolaus von Jacobs
Taxation Dr Dirk Pohl
Taxation Dr Gero Burwitz
Taxation Dr Annette Keller
Telecoms Dr Ralf Weisser
Telecoms Dr Wolfgang von Frentz
Telecoms Dr Chritian Masch
Telecoms Dr Claus Färber
Photo Name Position Profile
 Carsten Böhm  photo Carsten Böhm Carsten Böhm is a partner, he advises clients in international and national…
Dr Jur Gero Burwitz  photo Dr Jur Gero Burwitz Partner and a member a of the Tax Department. His practice focuses…
Dr Jur Wolfgang Freiherr Raitz von Frentz  photo Dr Jur Wolfgang Freiherr Raitz von Frentz Wolfgang is partner and co-head of the German telecom, media and technology…
Dr Tobias Koppmann  photo Dr Tobias Koppmann Partner Tobias Koppmann advises clients on cross-border and domestic corporate transactions, with…
Dr Jur Christian Masch  photo Dr Jur Christian Masch Christian is a partner, he focuses his practice in information technology (IT), intellectual…
Dr Jur Dirk Pohl  photo Dr Jur Dirk Pohl Dirk Pohl is a partner, head of the Munich office and the…
Dr Jur Stephan Rau  photo Dr Jur Stephan Rau Stephan Rau is a partner, he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions (M&A)…
Dr Jur Boris Uphoff  photo Dr Jur Boris Uphoff Boris Uphoff is a partner and member of the Intellectual Property, Media &…
Dr Jur Ralf Weisser  photo Dr Jur Ralf Weisser Ralf Weisser is a partner and co-head of the German Telecom, Media and…
Dr Jur Nikolaus von Jacobs  photo Dr Jur Nikolaus von Jacobs Partner Nikolaus von Jacobs advises private equity funds and German industrial players…
Dr Jur Christian von Sydow  photo Dr Jur Christian von Sydow Christian von Sydow is a partner specialising in the fields of corporate…
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